The 18th edition of the political comedy show Monday Night Live promised to be “kinder and gentler,” which became abundantly clear when no one dared to joke about councilmember Ash Kalra’s DUI or Pierluigi Oliverio’s sign-stealing. Instead, the San Jose Stage Company provided a tender mash-up of skits, video montages and musical numbers—which included a pack of foul-mouthed Muppets roasting Mayor “Chuckles” Reed (who showed for the pre-party but bolted before the show), the ever-rational City Council and the mouldering redevelopment agency.
Emcee and chief county supe Dave Cortese kicked off the event by becoming the first prospective mayoral candidate to actually recite the words to songs by Snoop Dogg, Notorious B.I.G. and Eminem. With budget messes everywhere, a musical debate about whose job sucks most broke out between an actor playing exiting redevelopment boss Harry Mavrogenes, a Muppet version of labor leader Cindy Chavez, the real-life county tax man Larry Stone, and other local pols. (In the end, everyone agreed it sucks most to be former councilmember Forrest Williams, for no other reason than being Forrest Williams.)
Councilmembers Rose Herrera, Xavier Campos and Donald Rocha had a restrained discussion about the waste water treatment plant, using the S-word for fecal matter only a couple hundred times. And Mavrogenes decided to go Col. Kurtz, noting it was time to leave his post after “the horrors” he’s seen at City Hall.
To mellow out the proceedings, medical marijuana provided a near-limitless supply of jokes, including the City Council’s proposal to institute a similar cap of 10 on prostitutes within the city—enough for one at every VTA stop. Pete Constant stayed true to his puritanical roots throughout the proceedings, arguing with hand puppets about masturbation and Internet porn in public libraries, while Oliverio played password against Constant and Randall King as Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Overall, the performance received better marks than in recent years. Only one person appeared to forget their lines, and Rocha more than made up for the miscue by shedding his shirt to the delight of a gaggle of gangly female staff aides in the crowd
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